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#148 of 273 Sorento Product Roadmap
Oct 04, 2010 (6:41 am)
I have been lurking for a while and this is my first post. I have been considering the purchase of a 2011 Sorento but have heard rumors of better things to come and wanted to see if any of you had any insider information. Here are the rumors:
1. That a more powerful and more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine (Theta II?) will find its way into the Sorento.
2. That the release of Uvo has been delayed so that it can be fully integrated into the navigation system.
3. That the dynamic damper suspension released on the SX models would make its way into the other trim levels to improve the harsh suspension.
Thoughts on this? Maybe Kia will wait for the 2012 model year to make these improvements?
#149 of 273 Re: Sorento Product Roadmap [sphiss]
Oct 06, 2010 (7:47 pm)
I'm thinking the 200 hp 4 cyl gdi and 4 cyl turbo 275 hp engines will be available at some point. I'm deferring a purchase until it's confirmed. GDI seem to be the happening thing with engines these days. Ford is releasing the ecoboost variations and equinox already has a gdi engine. SInce I buy for the long haul I'm on the sidelines.
#150 of 273 Re: Sorento Product Roadmap [ediamiam]
Oct 10, 2010 (11:20 am)
id much rather have the v6 but because of federal regs it wont be available soon. 4cyl and 4cyl turbos are the new engines of government choice.
#151 of 273 Re: Starting Thunk Noise [sorentox3]
Oct 11, 2010 (5:23 am)
Have a 2011 sorento,awd v6with exactgly the same problem,a 'thunk" when starting ,The problem is intermittent and therefore hard to duplicate at the dealership.
Other than that,its been great.
#152 of 273 Re: Starting Thunk Noise [mstarr]
Oct 11, 2010 (12:37 pm)
I don't quite understand why everyone is fixated on the "thunk" when starting. I have a V6 and there is like a jolt occasionally when we start ours, but I have never thought of it as being an issue. I just think it's something that is normal for this car. Frankly, I think this is way over blown and not a problem.
Oct 14, 2010 (8:09 am)
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#154 of 273 Re: Sorento Product Roadmap [onefunkar]
Oct 19, 2010 (8:46 am)
I was having my new Sorento EX V6 w/Premioum pkg in for it's first routine maintenance. Have 4200 miles on it now. Dealership does the first Oil & Filter change free and only charges $19.99 for all future Oil & Filter changes.
Saw the SX up close for the first time. Very nice with the chrome Exhaust and the Chrome on the front and back end. Also has a bright Chrome Roof Rack. All one color. No black plastic around the bottom of the vehicle. Sharp but I wonder who will want to spend $33,800 minimum for a Kia. By the time you add the Panoramic Roof it's well over $34,000 and if you get the AWD it's over $36,000. Too many nicer vehicles at that price competing with it. I paid about $28,788 OTD for mine that retailed for $31,100 before taxes and fees. That was max that I was willing to pay for a Kia. My wife and I wanted to scale back our vehicle spending. No more spending close to $40,000 for a car anymore.
#155 of 273 Re: Sorento Product Roadmap [mtnman1]
Oct 19, 2010 (11:48 am)
I hear you. The fully loaded V6 AWD SX is $35.8K MSRP. It looks much nicer and refined. WIth all the cash back and incentives, I should able get one for $4500 off from Kia plus dealer discount.... let's say $30K. I think it is reasonable consider all the features. But I still don't understand why there is no power liftgate.
#156 of 273 Re: Sorento Product Roadmap [mtnman1]
Oct 19, 2010 (4:40 pm)
Have to compare the Sorento w/ other models similarly equipped (the price advantage is still there, esp. taking into account the Kia discounts).
Kia has had to adjust production to increase the no. of fully-loaded EX Sorentos due to the demand.
#157 of 273 Re: Sorento Product Roadmap [lok888]
Oct 19, 2010 (10:19 pm)
We bought our SX for 26,985 + tax/lic. MSRP $32,990. I believe we got an excellent deal and you are corrent, the SX is nice. Ours is fully loaded except for the glass roof.